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Synchronoss cuts 10% of workforce
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

CEO Glenn Lurie explained that the COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst for the cost-cutting effort, but not necessarily the driving reason for it.

COVID-19 crashes into Canada's 5G launch plans
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Although Rogers launched 5G in a few select locations earlier this year, BCE said that its planned 5G launch has been postponed while Canadians deal with the pandemic.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: O2-Virgin, Huawei UK and contact tracing
LRTV Documentaries | 5/12/2020

This week the beer-soaked Brits have a rummage around in their own backyard.

Vodafone CEO sees no need for UK M&A after O2, Virgin unite
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Nick Read says his company has the 'right formula' for success in a market where broadband wholesale partners are available and TV is heading online.

Iliad appears unfazed by COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Guidance unchanged, although Q2 promises to be a bumpier ride.

Eurobites: Telekom Austria helps shoppers keep their distance
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KCOM owner looks to break up the business; Ekinops secures first customer for OTN switch; ADVA braces for quantum attacks.

ETSI joins COVID-19 contact tracing app party
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

European standards body throws its hat into the ring with new specs group to build standardization framework.

COVID-19 crisis is winning consumers over to 5G, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Despite a retail slowdown, Ericsson says that COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of 5G and that the company will eclipse its previous target of 100 million 5G subs this year.

Vodafone seeks another €1B in cuts as it maintains dividend
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

UK-based operator is looking to protect margins and profitability with sales under pressure in the new normal of COVID-19.

Royston resigns as Optiva CEO
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

Optiva said the board couldn't meet Ms. Royston's compensation requests.

FirstNet, AT&T begin edging toward 5G
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

FirstNet, with partner AT&T, is looking at 5G technologies like Device to Device (D2D) and enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS). But it has no 5G launch date yet.

Comcast 'Flex' device deployments hit 1M, cable CEO says
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

The main focus for Flex is on broadband service and improving broadband churn, but Comcast hopes to further monetize the platform with advanced advertising and by reaping app sales revenues.

Wall Street traders fight over milliseconds in mmWave transmission battle
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

A new cell tower transmitting in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has sparked a disagreement among Wall Street traders looking to shave a few extra milliseconds off their transactions.

Equinix eyes purchase of BCE's data centers – report
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

BCE may follow Verizon's move to sell its data centers to Equinix. But how this could affect the wider move toward edge computing remains to be seen.

The outlook for 5G open vRAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/11/2020

With around 7 million macro cell sites deployed worldwide, the radio access network (RAN) is critical global infrastructure.

BT still stands for bloated telecom
Morris Lore | 5/11/2020

Two years after announcing plans for 13,000 job cuts, the UK telecom operator looks as flabby and legacy-burdened as ever.

Technetix sees demand for supplies surge as cable ops bulk up self-install kits
CxO Spotlight | 5/11/2020

Along with a focus on near-term network and service needs, the pandemic is 'making every cable operator relook at their network,' says Technetix exec Sandy Howe.

Eurobites: Iliad's Niel opens his wallet for InfraVia security fund
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sparkle enters SD-WAN partnership; call for new UK tech regulator; Isle of Wight app latest.

SoftBank's telco and e-commerce unit doing OK (pity about the parent company)
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

SoftBank Corp claims COVID-19 has had 'immaterial impact' on fixed and mobile operations.

Intel and TSMC reportedly in government talks over US-based chip plants
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

Reports over the weekend claim that Trump administration is seeking to reduce reliance on Asian factories.

India's Jio welcomes Vista as latest investor
News Analysis | 5/11/2020

US private equity firm follows Facebook and Silver Lake into the Indian telecom market.

US pay-TV losses rocket to 2.15M subs in Q1 as virtual MVPD market unraveled
News Analysis | 5/8/2020

Fueled by the pandemic, subscriber losses among traditional pay-TV service providers fell to a record 1.8 million and OTT-TV players lost 341,000, according to new analysis from MoffettNathanson.

Podcast: How broadband traffic patterns change as the world works from home
The Philter | 5/8/2020

Some states are opening up and that means we're seeing a shift in broadband traffic patterns (again). To get a handle on what's happening, we follow up with Plume CMO Todd Grantham.

Building Huawei alternatives will take time, collaboration and cash
News Analysis | 5/8/2020

With the US rushing to create alternatives to Huawei, it's important to examine why and how the Chinese firm rose to success in the first place.

Why telcos need open core surgery
Column | 5/8/2020

Industry analyst Patrick Lopez on why telcos and their suppliers need to adopt processes that will help increase competition and allow a more flexible sourcing strategy.

WiCipedia: Is Oracle out of the frying pan on equal pay?
WiCipedia | 5/8/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Women are more likely to be promoted, kindof; Oracle faces a potentially major payout to female plaintiffs; universities keep pushing for STEM diversity even with classes moved online; and more.

Canada's TeraGo embraces 5G in mmWave spectrum for fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/8/2020

TeraGo in Canada has long offered fixed wireless services in millimeter wave spectrum. Now, though, it's planning to upgrade its network to 5G with Nokia.

Roku: Streaming spiked in Q1 but lack of sports tempered growth for OTT-TV services
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Led by ad- and subscription-based apps and services, total streaming hours on Roku's platform jumped 49% to 13.2 billion while 'active' accounts neared 40 million.

Pandemic just one of big problems plaguing pay-TV, Dish's Ergen says
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Dish's video sub losses ballooned to 413,000 in Q1 2020, including 281,000 sub losses at Sling TV.

Cellular-capable smartwatch shipments grow to 3M in Q1
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics reported that roughly 22% of all smartwatches shipped worldwide contained cellular connectivity (mostly 4G) in the first quarter of 2020.

Dish sizes up launch of a 5G network core in at least one market in 2020
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Dish is in hurry-up-and-wait mode as it prepares to close the acquisition of the Boost business, but Chairman Charlie Ergen predicts the company will be in the postpaid wireless business a year from now.

COVID-19 stings Liberty Global financials
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Europe's largest cable operator reports lower operating cash flow, slightly lower revenues and higher customer losses as the novel coronavirus spreads, but company maintains financial guidance for year.

What did the world do during quarantine? Watch more YouTube
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

A new report from Sandvine offers a cohesive look at how global lockdowns affected Internet traffic, essentially funneling it through fixed consumer broadband networks.

Record funds for Indian telcos could signal revival
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

India's long-suffering telecom sector is managing to attract investors thinking about the country's long-term potential.

Cable ops backburner DAA, virtualization projects during pandemic, CommScope says
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Vendor has seen an uptick in CCAP software licenses and node splits that help MSOs add capacity to keep up with traffic demands. However, the impact of COVID-19 has caused sales to slump across the board.

SKT reports 5G revenue boost despite virus impact
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

SK Telecom said 5G helped drive up Q1 revenue – despite gaining fewer subscribers than projected and seeing a 6.4% fall in overall operating income.

Telefónica weathers COVID-19 storm (so far at least)
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

CEO sees 'limited impact' on Q1 results and shareholders escape dividend cut.

Eurobites: TDC in need of TLC after Nuuday dents Q1
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: COVID-19 clobbers Nexans' earnings; 5G wipes the floor with Wi-Fi, says Opensignal; ADVA gets in sync.

BT stock plumbs new depths on dividend cut, lack of visibility
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

The UK incumbent is now trading at its lowest level in more than a decade and its job is not about to get easier.

O2 and Virgin Media to merge in £31.4B deal
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Mobile and cable giants come together to present a stronger challenge to BT, promising £10 billion of investment in the UK over the next five years.

VEON backs off from giving 2020 guidance due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/7/2020

Amsterdam-based group describes first-quarter performance as 'balanced,' although a decline in roaming revenue offset greater demand for broadband services.

T-Mobile CEO: COVID-19 might help us gain market share
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

T-Mobile officials suggested that the economic upheaval from the pandemic could push more customers to seek its cheaper plans, backed by its growing 5G network.

Altice USA lays off 'small percentage' of workforce
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Cable operator also confirms it is seeking voluntary layoffs among some workers with the Altice Technical Services unit.

The political hijacking of open RAN
Morris Lore | 5/6/2020

Open RAN was supposed to be about cost savings and innovation, but it is increasingly – and misguidedly – about shutting out the Chinese.

Synamedia extends bridge to ATSC 3.0 for cable ops
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Video specialist says new receiver will enable cable operators to test next-gen broadcast signals on a small scale and allow them to tack on some of ATSC 3.0's more advanced features at their own pace.

US officials may avert 5G standards fragmentation
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

A new Reuters report indicates that US officials are working on rules that would allow US companies to work with Huawei on 5G standards. That effort could forestall a US-China split in the standard.

Verizon to reopen half its retail stores by June
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Verizon's new 'touchless retail' strategy will be in full effect.

Liberty Latin America preps for COVID-19 storm
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Although it hasn't seen a big revenue hit yet, the big Latin American MSO is preparing for the worst by cutting capex and opex and withdrawing its financial guidance for the year.

TiVo unleashes the Stream 4K at retail for $49.99
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

TiVo enters the crowded and competitive streaming platform market with an Android TV-powered streaming dongle that delivers 4K and HDR video and supports the new TiVo+ service and a multitude of apps from Google Play.

China takes aim at foreign vendors with new security rules
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

The new measures will give the Chinese government additional tools to wield against foreign suppliers.

Loon nabs partnership with AT&T, but not necessarily revenues
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Loon – the balloon-based Internet services company that spun out of Google's R&D division roughly two years ago – now has an agreement with AT&T. That might pave the way to revenues later.

Finnegan's wake-up call to coronavirus yobs
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Three's CEO gives update on vandalism, network usage trends and employees as UK lockdown enters seventh week.

Openreach still has a Huawei problem
Morris Lore | 5/6/2020

Too much Chinese equipment in the UK's biggest full-fiber network will force Openreach to make changes at a difficult time.

Eurobites: Iskratel gets busy with 10Gbit/s broadband in Slovenia and Croatia
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Scottish broadband buildouts; France lambasts Apple over iPhone intransigence; Vodafone invites itself to latest open RAN party.

Telefónica Deutschland confirms 2020 outlook after Q1 growth
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

The German operator said revenue and earnings growth outperformed previous quarters.

Disney+ subs climb to 54.5M; Hulu has 32.1M total subs
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Hulu's live TV/SVoD combo ended the quarter with 3.3 million subs, up 65%. However, Disney has sidelined investments in Hulu's international expansion during this phase of the pandemic.

US providers remain mostly optimistic on 5G rollouts
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Officials from T-Mobile, Crown Castle and Verizon are among those looking at a mostly untarnished landscape for 5G network rollouts. The same is not true in other countries around the world.

AT&T narrowly beats Verizon, T-Mobile in 5G cloud gaming tests
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

RootMetrics tested cloud gaming services across 4G and 5G networks in Los Angeles. The results show 5G was almost up to the task.

What's next for MoCA?
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Multimedia over Coax Alliance has a new man in charge as org seeks commitments for a new 10-Gig-capable MoCA 3.0 spec and fights for relevancy as Wi-Fi starts to encroach on pieces of MoCA's turf.

NTT's Santos on cybersecurity defense for COVID-19 responders
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/5/2020

In this Mentor Spotlight, Edith Santos explains how NTT is addressing the cybersecurity threat landscape in light of COVID-19 and why enterprises need buy-in at the top to implement a successful cybersecurity strategy.

US sets up new open RAN group amid telecom slugfest with China
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Led by a former official at the US Department of Commerce, the Open RAN Policy Coalition looks about as political as telecom gets.

Huawei new VC arm set for windfall from chip firm listing
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

3Peak, one of the first investments of Huawei's venture arm Hubble Technologies, is aiming to raise 850 million yuan (US$120 million) on the Shanghai science and technology board.

Podcast: University of Chicago's Nick Feamster on staying connected in a pandemic
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/5/2020

Feamster joins the podcast to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Internet traffic.

Eurobites: Nokia bigwig Buvac makes tracks
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional rounup: Openreach boss wants business rates cut; Virgin Media scores backhaul deal; Vodacom launches 5G in South Africa.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, China and quarterlies
LRTV Documentaries | 5/5/2020

Week six of the great coronavirus lockdown and the podcast crew's morale is flagging. But wait, here's the earnings season to cheer everyone up!

Nvidia's diversification trail reaches Cumulus
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

GPU powerhouse makes further inroads into the data center.

Telcos are making a mess of enterprise 5G, says new research
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

A new report from Omdia and BearingPoint/Beyond says operators have taken the lead on just a fifth of 5G projects so far.

Elliott splashes cash on Eko's quarrel with Quibi – report
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Eko alleges that Quibi is infringing on technology that powers the new, premium short-form streaming service's 'Turnstyle' feature for mobile phones.

Intel snaps up MaaS specialist Moovit for $900M
News Analysis | 5/5/2020

Tech giant buys Israel-based urban mobility platform to enhance its Mobileye service.

T-Mobile's revamped TV service deemed 'tech-ready' – sources
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

But T-Mobile expected to push the national launch of its new streaming service to sometime this summer while many of its retail stores remained closed in response to the pandemic.

After Facebook, Silver Lake invests $747M in India's Jio
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

The investment firm quickly follows Facebook into the Indian telecom market.

Disney's streaming strategy gains strength as the rest of its business suffers
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Hulu and Disney+ are points of light amid dim times being cast across Disney's theme parks, movie studio and traditional TV businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering
Morris Lore | 5/4/2020

The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.

Iconectiv's number might be up at Ericsson
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Sale of the Swedish manufacturer's US call-routing unit is reportedly on the cards.

Conversational AI means better bots, not just call center job cuts – CSG
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Conversational AI has been a goal of carriers for several years but chatbots, dumb-bots and IVR systems have provided only artificial experiences without the intelligence.

O2 realizes the future isn't mobile
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Telefónica confirms it is in talks about a merger between its O2 business and Virgin Media that would bring an end to the mobile-only strategy.

Eurobites: Vodafone's IoT tech to play role in employee-scanning system for post-coronavirus return to work
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 UK set to challenge Ofcom over auction rules; Christian Luiga steps down at Telia; the Isle of Wight's COVID-19 time to shine has come.

Millicom backs out of deal to buy Telefónica's Costa Rica unit
News Analysis | 5/4/2020

Millicom said Spain-based operator failed to gain regulatory approvals in time.

Casa Systems gets a lift from cable network capacity bumps
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

CEO says cable revenues rose in Q1 as operators upgraded software licenses and also bought a greater mix of network hardware.

11,000 Californians stand in the way of Dish's entry into wireless
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Dish Network appears poised to close the purchase of roughly 9.2 million prepaid customers from T-Mobile. But there are 11,000 Californians that must be dealt with first.

Telefónica, Liberty Global in talks to combine UK ops – report
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Proposed deal would combine Liberty Global's Virgin Media business with Telefónica's O2 mobile unit, Bloomberg says.

Sprint goes out with a bang
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

In its last period as a standalone operation, Sprint reported postpaid and prepaid figures far above most Wall Street analyst expectations. And that could portend an imminent divestiture to Dish Network.

T-Mobile confirms store closings
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

T-Mobile is closing some of its Metro by T-Mobile stores, but the move is happening amid its merger with Sprint and a possible economic slowdown.

Charter nets big broadband gains in Q1 as self-installs accelerate
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Charter also tacked on 290,000 mobile lines, pushing that total past 1.4 million lines. Residential video losses improved to 70,000.

The operator opportunity for private mobile networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/1/2020

Are mobile operators central to the private mobile network opportunity? Or, with new enterprise spectrum allocations, are they destined to be usurped by vendors, systems integrators and enterprises themselves?

Apple can count on services as COVID-19 bites into iPhone sales
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Famous for iPhones and other expensive gadgets, Apple could become increasingly dependent on its fast-growing services business while the pandemic lasts.

Taiwan operators post mixed results as they brace for 5G disruption
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Taiwan telcos report Q1 earnings and raise 5G warnings.

SoftBank takes $6.6B hit on WeWork
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Revised guidance heaps more misery on shareholders.

Millicom signals cost cutting ahead due to COVID-19 impact
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Operator enters phase two of its COVID-19 response strategy, with plans to focus capex on improving capacity rather than building new networks and other cost cuts.

WiCipedia: Healthtech lacks diversity, just like the rest of tech
WiCipedia | 5/1/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Coronavirus research needs to be diverse; a new tech memoir to add to your quarantine reading list; how to get to the top; and more.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia's offices reopen, but most will work remotely
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ursula Burns steps down at VEON; Swiss soldiers test coronavirus app; Three UK zero-rates video consultations with the NHS.

Jio-Facebook deal bodes ill for Airtel and Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 5/1/2020

The tie-up between the social network and the Indian telco is a further nightmare for other service providers in the country.

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